Clay Tiles: the Advantages and Disadvantages

Putting clay tiles on your pitched roof is a popular move in the UK. Particularly favoured in Mediterranean countries, clay tiles are seen by many as an attractive and stylish option. Their other plus points are that they’re low maintenance and long lasting.

However, clay tiles do have their disadvantages and aren’t the right material for every pitched roof. To help you work out whether clay tiles are the right material for your roof, we’ve made a list of their advantages and disadvantages.


Easy to customise

A lot of the time, people want their home to be unique and to stand out from others around them. Clay tiles can help you do this. Clay is available in white, oranges, yellows and browns, and can be coated in enamel to make even more colours. So whatever colour you want your roof to be, the chances are you can make it happen using clay tiles.

Long lasting

Another advantage to clay tiles is that they’re long-lasting. Providing you install and look after them properly, they could stay looking good on your roof for more than 50 years.

Environmentally friendly

Many people choose to use clay tiles because they’re relatively environmentally friendly. This is because they’re made out of a natural material. So you can recycle them easily and they don’t need manufacturing.

Fire and weather resistant

Clay tiles are also a popular roofing material because they are fire and weather resistant. They reduce the risk of fire damage to your home and are less likely to deteriorate in hostile weather than other roofing materials.

Low maintenance

Another benefit to clay tiles is that they’re low maintenance. If they develop moss or mildew growth they could need washing, but this is pretty unlikely.


Not 100% wind resistant

A downside to clay tiles is that they’re not completely wind resistant. They have higher wind resistance than other roofing materials but they can still move around or fall off your roof in high winds.


Some people avoid getting clay tiles for their roof because they’re heavy. They’re significantly lighter than concrete tiles but can still put a lot of pressure on your roof. So they’re not an appropriate material for weak buildings and you may need to reinforce your roof before you fit them.


In chilly temperatures, clay tiles can become brittle. This is because repeated freezing and thawing weakens them. Brittle tiles are more likely to crack when under pressure.

Even in warmer environments, clay tiles are still fragile and easily broken. This means clay tiled roofs are suitable for walking on.

So clay tiles have several advantages and disadvantages. If you want to install a clay tiled roof and are looking for a tradesperson, we can help. Complete our online form and we’ll connect you with up to 4 roofers in your local area.

Evy Coe

Evy works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Executive. She loves to write about interior design and help homeowners with their DIY projects.